At 1 PM MLB officially released its schedule for 2013, which we’d been hearing leaks from over the course of the morning, and you’ll now find that on the schedule page of BlueJays.com you can navigate through the 2013 slate of games.
The Jays will open the 2013 season at home against the Clevelands, mercifully avoiding the non-domed stadium tradition of the incredibly deflating day off following the high of Opening Day.
They’ll actually play at home, in the afternoon, on the Victoria Day holiday– Monday, May 20th against Tampa– though they won’t be in town for the start of that long weekend. The same is true of Canada Day, when they’ll play the Tigers in a Monday afternoon tilt, July 1, despite not being at home for the Saturday or Sunday prior. They are out of town for the August long weekend and over labour day, however.
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Unbeknownst to me– until an afternoon tipping beverages with Bergkamp last weekend, and then again today when he emailed me and I re-remembered– those sneaky moms at Fox have scheduled their Saturday game of the week at 12:30 PM ET for two dates in April, both of which see the Jays play at home. So, because of the MLB’s blackout policy for non-nationally-televised games, the Jays have been forced to move away from their preferred– and thoroughly fucking insufferable– 1:07 PM start times. Meaning that on Saturday, April 14th, against the Orioles, and Saturday, April 28th, against the Mariners, the Jays will be playing home games starting at 4 PM!
It says so in the schedule!
This, of course, is beyond awesome– for both respectable grown-ups who live in the suburbs and will have that much longer to fight traffic on their way down to the lake shore, and for downtown fucks like me, who will be able to sleep in, shake off the hangover, barbecue up a giant pile of meat, walk down to the SkyDome while drinking wine from a Gatorade bottle, and then enjoy a ballgame that’ll end just in time to go out for dinner and start working on the next day’s hangover.
Did somebody say perfect Saturday?